Under general supervision, the Fraud Investigator at the County of San Mateo conducts investigations of suspected welfare fraud and violations of law in connection with various County programs; serve as liaison between the department and other County offices and departments and outside law enforcement agencies in the preparation of charges; and provide high-level investigative support.
The Fraud Investigator I is the entry-level class of the fraud investigation series, conducting investigations of suspected welfare fraud and violations of law in connection with various County programs. As proficiency is gained more complex duties are assigned.
The Fraud Investigator II is the journey-level class performing a full range of work in conducting investigations of suspected welfare fraud and violations of law in connection with programs. This series differs from the District Attorney's Inspectors who investigate all types of crimes; and the Benefit Analysts who determine qualifications for various aid programs. Additionally, fluency in Spanish is highly desired, but not required for this position.
There is one current Fraud Investigator I/II vacancy in the Human Services Agency.
The incumbents will be required to complete a 16-week Specialized Investigators Basic Course (SIBC) approved by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) within one year of appointment; and pass a thorough background investigation and psychological examination.
The ideal candidate will:
• Possess peace officer certification.
• Possess fluent Spanish language skills.
• Possess a calm professional demeanor.
• Establish a cooperative rapport with clients, landlords, employers, and others in order to facilitate quality investigations.
• Work efficiently and effectively in managing deadlines.
• Communicate effectively orally in conducting interviews; and write clear and concise investigative reports.
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is:
• Fraud Investigator I: Two years of experience performing public assistance eligibility work OR one year of investigative experience.
• Fraud Investigator II: One year of experience conducting welfare fraud investigations.
Other Requirement: Successful completion of Specialized Investigators Basic Course (SIBC) approved by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) within one year of appointment.